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Janel Simone Jorgensen (born May 18, 1971), later known by her married name Janel McArdle, is an American former competition swimmer and butterfly specialist. As a 17-year-old at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, she won a silver medal as a member of the second-place U.S. team in the women's 4×100-meter medley relay, together with her teammates Beth Barr (backstroke), Tracey McFarlane (breaststroke), and Mary Wayte (freestyle).[1]

Janel Jorgensen
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Full nameJanel Simone Jorgensen
National teamUnited States
Born (1971-05-18) May 18, 1971 (age 48)
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight146 lb (66 kg)
College teamStanford University

Jorgensen received an athletic scholarship to attend Stanford University, where she swam for the Stanford Cardinal swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Pacific-10 Conference competition. In 1992–93, she was the recipient of the Honda Sports Award for Swimming and Diving, recognizing her as the outstanding college female swimmer of the year.[2]

Jorgensen is the current president of Swim Across America, a national non-profit organization that has raised over $30 million for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming events all over the United States.[3]

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  1. ^, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Janel Jorgensen Archived 2012-11-14 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  2. ^ Collegiate Women Sports Awards, Past Honda Sports Award Winners for Swimming & Diving. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  3. ^ Terry Cookston, "Swim Across America Makes Waves in Rockwall," Rockwall Herald-Banner (June 22, 2011). Retrieved November 13, 2012.

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